Blackheath High School
|Motto||"Blackheath High School - a place to grow, a place to excel"|
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmistress||Mrs E Laws|
England, United Kingdom Coordinates:
|DfE URN||100756 Tables|
Blackheath High School is an independent day school for girls in Blackheath Village in southeast London, England. It was founded in 1880 as part of the Girls' Day School Trust; the Senior School occupied a purpose built site in Wemyss Road for over 110 years.
Location and history
The Senior Department is located in the former Church Army Wilson Carlile Training College (opened in 1965) in Vanbrugh Park after moving from the Wemyss Road site in Blackheath in 1993/4. The school building in Blackheath village then became the Junior department. The Vanburgh Park site includes the Church Army Chapel, a locally listed building (designed by architect Ernest Trevor Spashett) now used as a music room and dance studio.
The school's motto is "Blackheath High School - a place to grow, a place to excel". Previously it had been "Knowledge no more a fountain sealed": a reference to the days when girls had poor access to schooling, as was the case in the early years of the school.
Notable former pupils
- Sophie Aldred, actor
- Lucy Boynton, actor
- Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington
- Helen Lederer, comedian
- Mary Quant, fashion designer
- Charlene White, journalist
- Beth Willis (producer)
- Saffron Coomber, actress
- Lesley Vickerage, actress
- Helene Kvale, actress
- Wendy Barclay, Professor of Influenza virology
- Deborah Lawrenson, novelist
- The Reverend Professor Sarah Coakley, theologian
- Malim, Mary Charlotte; Escreet, Henrietta Caroline (1927), The Book of Blackheath High School, Blackheath: Blackheath Press.
- Watts, K M (1980), A History of Blackheath High School, Impart.
- Allen, Dr Hillary (2005), A Brief History of Blackheath High School GDST 1880–2005. Retrieved on 21/05/2008.
- Dillon, Jo (2000-06-04). "Lady Jay stands accused of telling lies out of school". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
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